MRS PATIENCE JONATHAN, NATIONAL RECORD HOLDER
The wife of the present president of Nigeria, Mrs. Patience Jonathan was on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, made a permanent secretary alongside 17 others in Bayelsa State by the Governor Seriake Dickson. According to the senior special assistant to the governor on media affairs, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, in the state`s radio broadcast, gave the reason for her appointment, The reason for the appointment of the first lady was that the First Lady was a teacher in the state’s civil service and has been on leave of absence since 1999 to join her spouse in his political service; first as a deputy governor, governor, vice president, then president. If not for the leave of absence, according to him, Mrs Jonathan would have risen to the status of a permanent secretary by now. With this appointment, Mrs Jonathan has obviously set a national record for herself as no first lady in the history of Nigeria has held two public offices.